PSN Spotlight - Carver-Atlanta Panthers Football Set For "Bash" With Lovejoy
With the 2021 season underway, the Carver-Atlanta Panthers are preparing for their match up this weekend when they take on the Lovejoy Wildcats in the annual Great Atlanta Bash. The Panthers opened up their season last Wednesday in the 30th Annual Corky Kell Classic, in which they fell to West Forsyth 38-8. Despite the final outcome of their opener, Carver head coach, Darren Myles felt that overall, the final score was not a true indicator of the level of play his guys can compete at.
“The biggest takeaway was conditioning,” Myles said in regards to areas of concern for he and his coaching staff. The Panthers had just returned to practice five days prior to their game against West Forsyth as a result of COVID-19 protocols they were under. “Second half, we kind of got fatigued and that’s when the mental breakdowns began to happen,” Myles said of his guy’s performance last week, so their focus this week is more conditioning and hopes of avoiding COVID issues as well as “play the type of ball we play, eliminate the mistakes, the turnovers and be physical,” says Myles.
The Panthers’ defense also left Myles and his staff feeling optimistic about how successful his team can be this season. Carver held West Forsyth to just eight first half points and Myles felt they “played balls out despite some of the mistakes that were made. They did play with a lot of effort, a lot of toughness and they were physical but it was only for two quarters. We have to put together four quarters and the goal is to become one of the top defenses in the state,” Myles said, adding that they have the “type of players that are capable of doing that.”
The Panthers will face Lovejoy Saturday, August 28 at 11AM in the Great Atlanta Bash.